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YMCA of Central Virginia

Website Redesign - Drupal Project

Time to Get into Shape!

A Different Kind of Health Journey

Any time a person decides to get into shape, there are quite a few adjustments that need to be made. This is just as true when it comes to wanting a new website. Not only do you have to re-evaluate the content and make sure that it is up-to-date, but you also have to update photography and most likely will be updating the organization and structure of the site as well. We know it can be a little overwhelming to think about, but it is such a rewarding process!

When the YMCA of Central Virginia came to us and mentioned wanting a new site, we were thrilled. Having done their previous site a few years earlier, we were excited for the opportunity to update the site and give it a refreshed look to match their recent growth! This project presented us with two main challenges:

  1. The site would utilize an open-source platform called OpenY.
  2. This open-source platform was integrated into a complex Content Management System (CMS) called... ... ... ...DRUPAL

NO ONE likes to hear their overweight, and that's exactly how these challenges made us feel. We needed to remove the blockers keeping us from getting this site done, but we were ready to start the process. Just like any good health journey, there is a "right" way to do it, that will allow you to find success. We decided to take the proper steps to ensure we delivered a product that YMCA would be proud of. Keep reading to see our process for this beautiful website (and even some awesome before and after shots)!

The Process

Step 1: Build a Good Foundation

We like to consider the CMS of any site to be its foundation. While we are a Joomla Shop by trade (and absolutely LOVE IT!), we are not discriminatory to other CMS systems, including WordPress, Drupal and Squarespace.

While not having full experience in Drupal, we understood that resources in Lynchburg were slim and we wanted to be there for our client. We took it upon ourselves to learn Drupal and understand its full functionality and capabilities. By setting this foundation, we knew that we were close to beginning our journey!

Step 2: Establish a Plan

Just like any good health journey, a health and workout plan must be established before you begin. When it comes to websites, that plan should include an understanding of the platform you are using and a strong design layout.

For this website, we decided to go back to the drawing board and begin breaking down the YMCA — restructuring menu items, information on the home page and more! We wanted to be sure that this new site met the current needs of the people using it and those who may be joining in the near future.

Step 3: The Preparation

The goal of any plan is to make sure that you are setting yourself up for success (I bet you didn't know you were going to get some personal training today!). In order to do that, it is important that you properly prepare for the journey ahead.

In our case, it was time to gather the content (our healthy food), including copy, photography and videos. Due to all of the programs that the YMCA has to offer, this process became a lot more tedious than we first expected. Each program needed to have helpful information for users to be able to read. The information also needed to coincide with the program guides that were published every year.


Step 4: Work it Out!

And FINALLY, we were ready to start working out. This was actually our favorite part (no lie). While it wasn't always easy — and sometimes a little unpredictable — we conquered Drupal (and OpenY) and were able to deliver a beautiful website to our client! We loved being able to put the pages together from the ground up, truly captivating the vision of the YMCA of Central Virginia on every page.

As with all of our case studies, it has become much easier to show you instead of telling you about what we did...we guess this is true for any health journey as well. See our results below! If you like what you see, why not get on board and let us get your website into shape as well. The process is a little different for everyone, but we promise that you will LOVE the results. 



At STIMULUS we strategically think through your website so you don't have to! Let us get you a new site today.